Rick Neale, Florida Today

Rick Neale

Florida Today

Melbourne, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Rick:

Space Coast Music Festival lineups announced at seven stages across downtown Eau Gallie

The Space Coast Music Festival takes place Nov. 6. Admission is free. Jazz singer-songwriter Kristen Warren and an all-star band headline the event. → Read More

Protesters denounce Northrop Grumman COVID-19 vaccination mandate at morning rally

Monday, roughly 200 protesters displaying signs and flags rallied along NASA Boulevard near the main entrance to Northrop Grumman's 180-acre campus. → Read More

Brightline planning 320-mile Florida passenger rail route from Miami to Tampa by 2028

The first 1,600-foot-long strips of steel rails for the track linking Cocoa with Orlando arrived last weekend from a supplier in Fort Wayne, Indiana. → Read More

Palm Bay WWII nursing cadet, 94, presented military honors by Hospice of Health First

Jean Ostrow received a trio of WWII lapel pins, a folded U.S. flag and a handmade red, white and blue quilt during a ceremony in her living room. → Read More

Brightline high-tech trains for Orlando service roll off production line in California

The first train set will depart the factory Monday for a cross-country excursion from Sacramento to Brightline's West Palm Beach station → Read More

Daily Bread expansion plan gets $2.5 million earmark from Melbourne, support from Palm Bay

This partnership between the cities could transform the historically controversial Daily Bread into a 24-hour operation with temporary housing. → Read More

'Evil can never be dead enough.' Sheriff's charity sells T-shirts linked to fatal deputy-involved shooting

Sheriff's office charity has T-shirts referencing an ambush-style shooting. The back has hashtag #Magdump and a spent magazine dropping from a handgun → Read More

Godspeed! All-civilian Inspiration4 space mission launches from Kennedy Space Center

Four private citizens are now circling the Earth on a historic mission after a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket boosted them to orbit. → Read More

Tanker fuel spill shuts down Beachline, delaying SpaceX Inspiration4 launch spectators

About 300 gallons of fuel leaked into the St. Johns River, Orange County Fire Rescue reported via Twitter. → Read More

Police: Two men driving stolen car rob Bradenton man at Cocoa Beach convenience store

Both suspects remain held without bond at the Brevard County Jail Complex, and they will be arraigned Sept. 28 at the Moore Justice Center in Viera. → Read More

Police: Melbourne barbershop owner shoots, wounds masked gunman

The gunman may have been angry about a previous haircut, police said. → Read More

Brevard County Sheriff's Office's deputy injured in Melbourne motorcycle crash

The unidentified 39-year-old deputy was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. → Read More

Child killed in Indian River crash between personal watercraft and boat near Suntree

The fatal boating crash was reported about 10:30 a.m. near Spinaker Drive, a residential riverfront street off U.S. 1 just north of Suntree Boulevard. → Read More

COVID-19: Space Coast Pride Festival and Parade canceled again because of pandemic

The popular event had been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, in downtown Melbourne — a new, larger site after outgrowing downtown Eau Gallie. → Read More

Titusville man sentenced to federal prison for attempted enticement of 13-year-old child

Michael Gorycki, 51, was sentenced Thursday. He was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and register as a sex offender. → Read More

A 30-year-old Florida woman gave birth, took 2 photos with her baby and died days later of COVID-19

Kristen McMullen's death comes amid a record-breaking surge of cases across Florida, where some ERs are "inundated" with COVID-19 patients. → Read More

Hospitals over capacity as COVID-19 cases swamp Brevard admissions and emergency rooms

Hospitals feeling the squeeze as COVID-19 cases dominate admissions → Read More

Melbourne's Lipscomb Park ballfields may be named for community 'trailblazer' Eddie Taylor

After teaching at Stone Middle and Roy Allen Elementary, he was assistant principal of adult education at Stone and Palm Bay High until he retired → Read More

COVID-19 surge creates wave of infections and concerns of doctors and local officials

Case counts, hospital admissions rising as Delta variant increases concerns about coronavirus → Read More

I was in Surfside when the condominium building was demolished. Here's what I saw.

FLORIDA TODAY Reporter Rick Neale went to Surfside for four days to help a USA Today Network team cover the aftermath of the condominium collapse. → Read More